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Hay, Rain, and Comfort Food

It’s dark and cloudy today, the air fragrant with the scent of rain-dampened earth and my cup of Earl Grey tea steaming next to me.

We’re moving slow this morning, weary and bleary-eyed from hauling, stacking, unloading, hauling, and re-stacking 170 bales of hay this week. When we finished sliding in the last bale yesterday afternoon, we were drenched from three rain storms and plastered from head to tow in hay and hay dust. Is there anything more glorious than a shower on such occasions?

It was a huge project but a fun one, mostly because we got to take beautifully scenic drives through the country and spend time with our friends, Doug and Avis, whose gardens I wrote about a while back. Their gardens are still stunningΒ and inspiring, and when we took breaks from stacking hay, Avis and I got to wander through them a bit, sighing happily at all the flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees. She gave me poppy seeds from ones growing wild in her patch and a Pride of Bolivia tree that is going to be planted next to our chook yards where it will provide both shade and beauty with its leafy branches and gorgeous yellow flowers.

This morning I’ll be planting them along with the other treasures I’ve been collecting from sale bins and market stalls and seed packet displays.

I’ve got five varieties of tomatoes, multi-colored bell peppers, lush little basil plants, Jerusalem artichokes, Butternut squash, dill, lavender, leeks, red-cored carrots, and these gorgeous little oca yams that have sprouted marvelously.

pink oca

Once everything is planted, I’m giving myself the rest of the day to cook, bake, simmer, stew, and make all sorts of delicious things. Bear is craving cookies with crystallized ginger and sultanas, and I’m pining for a good potato casserole with ham and caramelized onions and cheese. After so much hard physical labor this week, it’s time for comfort food and pottering in the kitchen.

What are you craving today? xo

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Resting, Craft, and Comfort Food » Rambling Tart - […] Bear and I liked the Warm Bean Leek Salad so much that I made it again the very next day, adding leftover sausages to make it a bit heartier, and served it alongside greens from our garden. Such comforting food. […]

Gourmet Getaways - Gorgeous potatoes! I love caramelised onion and cheese, I think that is all I would need on those homegrown potatoes.

Thanks so much for sharing

Julie

Gourmet Getaways

Jackie Smith - I am craving a BBQ steak with corn on the cob – and that is what we will cook tonight after our afternoon in the olive grove where we hope to put the finishing touches on burning all the tree trimmings from this year’s harvest. Sounds like a he-man day with a he-man meal to follow! Hugs. . .

Hotly Spiced - I bet you really enjoyed that shower. We’ve had a lot of rain in Sydney this week but I haven’t had to be out in it. What a pretty platter xx

Ken Powell - I love that close up shot of the statice (limonium perezii), Krista. So cheerful and flowers for long periods. It is one of MrsP’s favourite flowers to include in posies.

Krista - Aren’t they the prettiest tubers, @Tandy@tandysinclair:disqus? πŸ™‚

Krista - I just love these plates, paradis. They are Turkish, and I get 1-2 every year at the medieval festival I attend near Brisbane. πŸ™‚

mlleparadis - gorgeous colors! where did you get those plates?! hope you have a good yummy rest – that sounds like hard work! (but satisfying.)

http://mlleparadis.blogspot.com

Tandy Sinclair - love the look of the potatoes! I admire all the hard labour you do πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @Liz@liz_posmyk:disqus πŸ™‚ We’re mighty tired today, but happy. πŸ™‚

Liz Posmyk - Sounds like hard work, but so worthwhile, Krista. Beautiful photos, as always xx

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